Volunteers at Gateway Foodbank tackle local poverty.
Originally the first foodbank in Barnsley, Gateway, a local christian charity, now gives out hundreds of donated food parcels to some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
There are now over ten food banks operating in Barnsley, most of which are run by local charities and the Trussell Trust, many are maned entirely by volunteers from the local community. Yet despite the increase in available foodbanks, Gateway are still experiencing an increase of people using their services.
One of the volunteers said “we’ve had more people use us over the past months, one of the key reasons being a delay in benefits payments”
According the the Trussell Trust over 900,000 people used foodbanks in the year 2013-2014, and increase from the previous year; 346,992. The three top primary referral causes being, benefit delays, low income and benefit changes.